Saulteaux First Nation SIBROM

Project details

  • Installation: 2014
  • Location:: Saskatchewan
  • System: Biological/Reverse Osmosis (SIBROM)
  • Permeate Flow Rate: 345 m3/day
  • Case Study: Safe Water For All (PDF)


The Saulteaux First Nation, located approximately 40 km north of North Battleford, has a little less than 1000 members (approximately 500 live on-reserve). Facilities available on the reserve include a band hall, medical clinic, fire hall and Saulteaux Heritage School (K-9).

In 2014, Sapphire Water stepped up to work with the Saulteaux community to replace their existing water treatment plant. After analyzing the composition of the source water, Sapphire Water recommended a Sapphire Integrated Biological Reverse Osmosis Membrane (SIBROM) system. This technology is able to significantly reduce contaminants such as ammonia, iron, manganese, and arsenic, which are prevalent in their raw water.

The new SIBROM system immediately it decreased the amount of chemicals required to make the water safe. It requires only a small amount of antiscalent and chlorine to be added to the water throughout the treatment process, saving the community money and providing safe, tasty water.


Parameter of Interest Raw Water Permeate Guidelines
Ammonia (mg/l) 2.2 0.05 No guideline
Iron (mg/l) 4.48 0.0008 <0.3
Manganese (mg/l) 0.21 <0.0005 <0.05
Arsenic (ug/l) 13 <0.1 <10